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<p>x-kernel is an experimental operating system for personal workstations that allows uniform access to resources throughout a nationwide internet: an interconnection of networks similar to the TCP/IP internet. This network is also called the National Research and Education Network (NREN). The x-kernel supports a library of protocols, and it accesses different resources with different protocol combinations. In addition, two user-level systems that give users an integrated and uniform interface to resources have been built on top of the x-kernel. These two systems-a file system and a command interpreter-hide differences among the underlying protocols.</p>

H. Rao, N. Hutchinson, L. Peterson and S. O'Malley, "The x-kernel: A Platform for Accessing Internet Resources," in Computer, vol. 23, no. , pp. 23-33, 1990.
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